You're not crazy. This looks nothing like the sesame and scallion grilled tri trip that I intended to post today. I'm crazy. I thought Fall officially began on Tuesday, but it turns out the official first day is today. I treat the calendar like a Farmer's Almanac of yesteryear, so hooray! For someone who loves the leaf crunching season as much as I do, it's an important day and worthy of celebration. So anxious am I for this crisp apple time, that I always plan a special first day of Autumn dinner, sometimes with guests, and sometimes with our own little family. This week I'll be posting our dinner menu all week long, so you can host your own cider season welcome. For now, I'm sharing this fun fall cookie recipe and I'll save the Tri-Tip for next summer. Normally I pick out all the blue M and M's to make these chewy little cookies, but this time, I happened to have Indiana Jones M and Ms in the cupboard. They were just the right hues, like falling leaves with occasional little cream colored bitties. Even the skull face imprints seem to suggest that Halloween is right around the corner.
And my task today is to change the decoration on the fireplace mantle. For it is summer no more. Welcome Fall!
Money Saving Tips:
Shop around for butter sales, since some market seems to have it on sale every week. This is a great time to start stocking up on baking essentials when you catch a good price, since the holidays are right around the calendar's corner. Target has M and Ms on sale quite often too.
Fall Colored Chewy Oatmeal M and M cookies
Estimated Cost: $3 for 24
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 and 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
3/4 cup old fashioned oats
1 cup fall colored m and ms, divided
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine butter and sugars, creaming until smooth. Add vanilla and egg and mix well. Sprinkle soda, powder, and salt over the top and mix. Add flour, then oats. Add half of the M and Ms. Shape into 1 inch balls. Bake cookies on ungreased cookie sheets for about 8 minutes. As soon as cookies come out of the oven, poke a few M and Ms on top of each one.
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